The Best Restaurants Around Fremantle

bySally Hall
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Sure, sure – an afternoon breeze is alright, but we reckon the real Freo Doctor might in fact be a glass of vino and a meal at one of these eateries.

Bread in Common

Bread in Common has become one of the most reliable dining experiences in Freo – always quality, always cosy. We’ll never go past the lamb ribs, but the seasonal menu is also host to winners. That’s without delving into the now-ubiquitous namesake bread, that seemingly revolutionised the city’s collective palate and forced countless restaurants and bakeries to up their bread game.

43 Packenham Street, Fremantle


Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

Maybe we just had our heads in the sand, but it took us an embarrassingly long time to get switched on to the magic of Manuka. Luckily, everyone else isn’t so slow on the uptake – the restaurant has collected plenty of accolades and rave reviews over its five years of operations. The restaurant champions all the good low-waste, sustainable, seasonal, farmer- direct stuff we love to hear – although that doesn’t mean much if the food doesn’t speak for itself. Rest assured, in the hands of chef Kenny McHardy, the wood fired oven alchemises local ingredients into something really quite special.

134 High Street, Fremantle


Lions and Tigers

With the roaring success of Duck Duck Bruce, it made perfect sense for the crew to expand into a dinner service. Taking up residence on Bannister Street, a short stroll from the cafe, Lions and Tigers was born in 2019. It’s got all the same good vibes and humour we’ve come to expect from the cafe, focused into Indian-inspired, flavourful fare.

6-8 Bannister Street, Fremantle


Angel’s House

Who’d have thought that we’d have room in our hearts – in 2020, no less – for a classic French bistro. Perhaps its a testament to Angel’s House’s quality that in spite of facing down some hot summer days, we’re still thinking about onion soup, cheese soufflé and boeuf bourguignon. Finding the balance between home-style, comforting fare and the high-brow CVs of owners and brothers Jeremy and Anthony, Angel’s House will have you dreaming of boeuf in no time, too.

24 Essex Street, Fremantle


Holy Smokes

This is American barbecue done with an easy, breezy Freo attitude. With friendly service and live music providing extra ambience, Holy Smokes should be your next date night dinner. They’ve got all the classics you’d expect – smoked meats, wings and slaws – but they also have a killer lineup of sliders and a some specials you won’t be able to resist: think Philly cheese brisket tacos or chicken and waffles with buttered greens.

Shop 8, 17-23 Collie Street, Fremantle


Capri

Stepping into this family-run restaurant feels like stepping back in time, to bustling 50s Fremantle and all of its Italian glory. Prices are, suitably in line with this old-school approach: incredibly reasonable, if not unbelievably low at times. Now with four generations of Pizzales involved in the restaurant, Capri is as good as ever. In fact, its determination to stand strong against any changing whims of fashions might be its greatest strength.

21 South Terrace, Fremantle


Strange Company

Definitely more bar than restaurant, Strange Company’s share-y, charcuterie-y menu, nevertheless more than holds its own. Always rotating and seasonally updating, it’s best to go with a “whaddaya got?” attitude and see what’s on offer… Will it be grilled octopus, kipfler potatoes and mojo rojo? Perhaps spiced lamb cutlets? Kingfish crudo? Whatever they’ve got, we can’t get enough.

5 Nairn Street, Fremantle


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